How to Upgrade Drivers for a Video Card

How to Upgrade Drivers for a Video Card. Changes to your operating system or new software may cause conflicts with your video card or video card driver. If the manufacturer of your video card has created a new driver, you may solve the problem by installing it. You might also upgrade the driver to take advantage of a new video format.

Finding out What Video Card You Have

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Right-click on My Computer.

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Select Properties.

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Click on the Device Manager tab.

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Click on the plus sign to the left of "Display adapters." The name of the driver appears. Make a note of it.

Finding and Downloading a Newer Driver

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Go directly to the Web site of your driver's manufacturer.

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Click on the link for your video card, brand of video card or brand of video chip (if you don't have a separate video card).

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Follow instructions to download the driver.

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Save the file on your computer's desktop.

Installing the New Driver

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Find the existing driver in the Device Manager, as before. Right-click on it and select Remove.

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Double-click on the icon for the downloaded file.

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Follow installation instructions.

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Restart the computer.